Trian Partners Sells Danone & State Street, Trims Family Dollar & Ingersoll Rand Stakes: Q2 Letter ~ market folly

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Trian Partners Sells Danone & State Street, Trims Family Dollar & Ingersoll Rand Stakes: Q2 Letter

Nelson Peltz's investment firm Trian Partners recently released its second quarter letter.  In it, they detail that they sold out of their investment in Danone (DANOY) as well as State Street (STT).  Additionally, the firm mentions that it has recently trimmed its positions in Ingersoll Rand (IR) and Family Dollar (FDO).

New Mystery Investment

Peltz has built a new mystery position which he did not reveal in the letter.  He said that some of the above stakes were sold in order to partially fund their new mystery purchase.

Here's all they had to say about this new position:  It's "a company comprised of world class businesses where we see a path to superior value creation."

Andrew Ross Sorkin said that sources are pointing to Peltz acquiring a stake in DuPont (DD) back at the Delivering Alpha Conference last month, but Peltz didn't really confirm it when asked about it.

At any rate, here's their long portfolio composition by sector: 30% consumer staples, 28.1% consumer discretionary, 17.6% industrials, 13.9% financials, 10.4% basic materials, 0% other.

Other Highlights

Their Q2 letter also touches on their investments in PepsiCo (PEP) and Mondelez (MDLZ) and basically re-hash everything they laid out in their white paper on the companies which we highlighted recently.  Peltz also talked about his PEP & MDLZ stakes at the Delivering Alpha Conference too.

According to the letter, Trian also retains its positions in Lazard (LAZ), Legg Mason (LM), and Wendy's (WEN).  Their thesis on Legg Mason remains unchanged: "Better fund flows, strong free cash flow, and improving margins should allow the shares to be valued closer to peer averages."

In the second quarter, Trian's total firm assets hit an all-time peak of approximately $6.3 billion.  Net exposure finished the month at 100% net long (136.4% long and -36.4% short).

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